If you've ever thought you're more attractive to the opposite sex when flanked by your boyfriend or girlfriend take heed, it isn't in your imagination—you are. According to a recent Indiana University study, one is considerably more appealing to suitors if they get the impression you're popular and in-demand. Note to self: chat up as many hot strangers as possible when in social situations. Flirting Tips From A Female Pickup Artist
Researchers videotaped a slew of speed daters and then presented the tapes to 40 women and 40 men. Overwhelmingly, they found that if the speed dater was adequately charming their date and the person sitting opposite was interested, those viewing had a higher opinion of the dater in the hot seat. Yet if conversation was awkward, or the person on the receiving end seemed bored, viewers tended to rate them as less attractive. The scientists also estimate looks matter most when it comes to the competition. If men viewed the other guys wooing the potential girl as handsome, it kicked in some evolutionary competitive streak making her more desirable. The same for women, but honestly, that isn't shocking. Us ladies assess and obsessively place each other on physical todem poles. Speed Dating Dos and Don'ts
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"We might think that searching for mates is a process best done individually, that we can best gather the appropriate information by ourselves," lead author Skyler Place, a researcher in Indiana University's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, said in a university news release. "But humans, like many other animals, also pay attention to the preferences of others, to make for a more efficient search process. Who others like might also be a good choice for ourselves."